Caron Butler thinks Mavs will keep him

Updated: February 16, 2011, 10:36 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- As Caron Butler pedaled through a 30-minute session on the stationary bike Tuesday while his Dallas Mavericks teammates practiced in front of him, he delighted in the fact that he is pain-free six weeks after surgery to repair a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee.

Which made reiterating his belief that he'll be ready for the playoffs seem even easier. And this time he tossed in an addendum -- he'll do so as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

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